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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Detroit Lions

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Detroit Lions rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Lions in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

How hot is Dan Campbell's seat: 2. Cool seat

Obviously, nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. But even with the disappointing record in his first season, the Lions' players and front-office members absolutely love Campbell and work hard for him. He has made mistakes, notably when he was first adjusting to taking over the playcalling role, but Campbell's effort and intensity have been consistent, which is how he has earned his respect. It's no secret that the Lions are in the midst of yet another rebuild, and Campbell didn't enter a situation with a ton of talent, but he is trying to make the most of what he has while building a culture with toughness and grit at the forefront. -- Eric Woodyard

NFL.com -- Rank: 27

Dan Campbell has had his Lions fighting hard all season. On Sunday, they combined that consistent effort with great execution, resulting in a stunning blowout of the Cardinals. Jared Goff* continued his mastery against Kliff Kingsbury teams with three touchdown passes, while Detroit has found something in rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who had eight catches for 90 yards with a score and now holds the single-season team record for catches by a rookie with 65. Detroit would be better off without a hot finish to its season from a draft-position perspective, but that goes against everything Campbell preaches inside the building. These Lions have heart -- and they're a dangerous opponent for any overconfident contender.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

They have won two games, tied one, and were in a bunch more. That's a good job of coaching by Dan Campbell. Beating Arizona the way they did was impressive.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Rookie WR Amon-Ra St. Brown has really come on the past three weeks, totaling 26 catches for 249 yards and two scores. Looks like the slot is one of the few areas Detroit need not worry about the next few years.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Our gift to you: The No. 1 pick in the draft. It'll take a Jags win or two to get there, but maybe Jacksonville will have a delayed, post-Urban Meyer bump. (The Jaguars do play the Jets on Sunday.) After the way the first 14 weeks of the season played out, Detroit deserves that No. 1 pick, even if there isn't a clear quarterback savior waiting in the draft.

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